2017-09-02 13:30:12, In: Hack, Other
Recently PaleMoon developer decided to blacklist adNauseam extension, so here is a quick method of re-enabling it:
1. Go to about:config
2. Set extensions.blocklist.level to 3.
3. Install addon, go to Tools -> Extensions and turn it on there. Remember that it takes the function of adblocker so will collide with most Adblocks.
4. Watch your addons as this may allow to install uncertain ones in the future (currently only adNauseam has this level). If you want to know, the list is online-updated and is maintained in blocklist.xml in your profile directory. Configuring adNauseam, if your workflow involves visiting only a set of trusted sites you should turn on exception for non-tracking ads.
And small explanation what is it.
Becuase there is a problem with modern Internet advertising. First of all, let's meet one of the most powerful tool of modern propaganda. A term redefinition technique has been widely deployed in 1950s in Soviet Union, and became used more and more frequently. Now it is everywhere. The idea is simple, so let's go with exaple: You call dog "a cat". You tell that e.g. "cat barks", you repeat it again and again and if any other people would do it, the domino and authority effect will automatically relay this information and make propaganda self-replicating. The memetic rule here is that the simpler "conveyor" is, the better replication effect, but it is a result of Shannon theory I don't feel like proving it again :). As a result, previous definition now points to another entity or phenomenon. Currently it is used in advertisement, politics and government so even simple terms as equality, property or freedom have been successfully re-defined to fit into artificial, and usually fictional things.
Now we have another re-definition ahead: Malware is re-defined as advertising.
So in recent years we successfully re-defined malicious software as "advertisement". How about re-defining "Petya" ransomware as security/accounting program?
And adNauseam tries to fight this aspect. It is impossible to stop companies from tracking users by law - the DNT header is like politely asking drunken thug not to rob someone. The only way seems to be to hit in their gains.
So how to use adNauseam morally? First, this is my opinion and my morality is weird (at least chaotic, sorry, you don't have to read this, you have a "Back" button to go back to tech things), but I think that the ad should be definitely whitelisted IF and only IF: Is not tracking user (no scripts/external requests) AND is on page giving the content which was described. Because of this last condition, 90% of Google's results suddenly fail this test - these pages on top of Google's results are meaningless, their only goal is advertising and information presented on them may be false or misleading as their primary goal is to spread advertisement.
There is of course one more problem - the content itself is more and more an advertisement and I avoid using the term "content" for valuable sites as it suggests something to be embedded with ads nowadays, but this is much harder to fix.
10 years ago server space was expensive and there were lots of free hosting services. Today gigabytes on servers are cheap and there's almost no way to publish for free. With hobby sites ecosystem, linking to other site was something natural, a normal extension of information. Now, it's almost gone, and no "copyright for links" law, so persuaded in EU, is needed - just vision of potential gains (search engine rank) for someone else is sufficient not to use links in own sites. So without commercial-grade "SEO" a small website will not appear in Google no matter what - there won't be sufficient links and there won't be chances to get them. Here, Google lands in the same category as these paid web directories. Why PaleMoon developer haven't blacklisted Google for the same reason - "direct and indirect economic damage" - is a puzzle which suggests to take a "follow the money" way to discover motives.
It's a sad thing that users who ran away from Firefox because of Mozilla's chaotic moves and political decisions would have to run away from another browser.